In winter everything more often you want to spend cozy evenings at homeespecially during the upcoming January holidays. So that you do not wake up from hibernation without new knowledge and educational achievements, we have selected several online courses on a variety of topics.
An interactive guide to 20th century art
"KHAN'S ACADEMY", FREE SCHEDULE
Free, 10 topics, 21 tasks
A large series of articles and assignments on the art and architecture of the twentieth century. An ideal option for those who have always wanted to study abstract directions - if many already know everything about impressionism and fauvism, then few understand the art of the second half of the 20th century. The course not only includes a story about the most popular trends in painting, but also provides an insight into the history of less prominent trends. Filling the gaps in knowledge about foreign architecture of the XX century will help the section "Architecture and Design", in which you can learn about the many personalities and look at photographs of outstanding buildings. The main thing is not to get lost in the numerous recommended links to third-party resources and to see the case through to the end, although a selective approach in this encyclopedic-scale course is also appropriate.
How to listen to classical music
"Arzamas", free schedule
Free, 4 lessons, 12 materials
An online course on how in our fast-paced age to learn to understand music in general and classical music in particular. Musicians Pyotr Aidu and Grigory Krotenko and art critic Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro tell what the world of instrumental music is like today, reinforcing the reasoning with fragments of performance on different instruments. The authors of the course dispel numerous myths and traditional ideas about the classics, raise problems, but do not give exact answers, but invite the listener to form their own opinion. All courses of "Arzamas" are recorded in HD-quality, so feel free to expand in full screen and enjoy the company of smart people.
WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film
University of Leeds, from December 5
Free, 4 lessons, 1 assignment
If you are fond of history, we recommend the course on heroism during the First World War. Here this topic is viewed through the prism of art and cinema. A century later, we are invited to reflect again on one of the most terrible events of the 20th century, which turned people's ideas about what military actions could be, redrawing the political map of the world and launching a series of other bloody events. The course will demonstrate how war heroes are presented today, how they are reflected in posters, paintings and films from different countries. Listeners as researchers will need to independently study a book, film or TV program on the theme of the First World War - there will be something to do on cold winter evenings.
How to explore a city in creative ways
Vector School of Urban Entrepreneurs, Now Available
2 999 rub., 5 lessons, 13 assignments
The online course in Russian offers a fresh look at the city. In winter, it is not very attractive for long walks with a camera, but you can start preparing for the new season in advance. In this course, along with three experts (sociological photographer, documentary filmmaker and architect), you will learn about the concept of the “legacy city” and what can be learned from it. In addition, viewers will be told about the skills and techniques required for a researcher analyzing urban space, and how to build an entertaining story based on their discoveries. In general, the course will be interesting not only for those who are looking for a new look at the city, but also for those who simply want to broaden their horizons and master photos, videos and maps as a research tool.
Learn English now! Lesson plan and grading
Arizona State University, from November 21
Free, 6 lessons, 12 assignments
While the school season is in full swing, you can think about how you can use it.If the level of English allows, teaching can be a good option - and if you have thought about tutoring at least once, but did not know how to approach it, this course will help. For six weeks, you can get answers to all your questions, help in drawing up a training program and choosing the right sources. You will learn what is acceptable and what is not in language teaching, and receive other practical advice from several American lecturers. Improvement in English is guaranteed.
Taoism and Western Culture
DeTao Masters Academy, from January 2
Free, 8 lessons, 2 assignments
Although Taoism originates from China and has most of its followers there, the influence of this ancient teaching has long spread throughout the rest of the world. In this course, you will learn how Taoism and its many interpretations can be applied in today's life, as well as how to recognize its elements in the already established beliefs typical of Western thinking. Of course, Lao Tzu's treatise, one of the key ones for Taoism, will not be deprived of attention. The course is supported by various examples from the media to make it easier for the listener to understand and connect ancient philosophy with modernity.
The brilliance and poverty of the Russian Empire
Arzamas is already available
Free, 4 lessons, 6 materials
The ups and downs of the Russian nobility, what ruined the aristocracy, and what helped it maintain financial well-being, as well as what were the features and problematic aspects of the fiscal policy of the state and the life of the treasury of the 18th-19th centuries in the Russian Empire - in this small author's course by Candidate of Historical Sciences Elena Korchmina all these topics are described quite colorfully and clearly. Even if you are not fond of history, you will definitely enjoy these lectures, because the issues of financial literacy and reasonable distribution of income are relevant everywhere and always.
Introduction to typography
California Institute of the Arts, from November 28
Free, 8 lessons, 4 assignments
This course will be of interest to those who want to learn more about the art of typography but don't know where to start. Its history goes back more than five centuries, and new tendencies and means of expression coexist here with clear rules and guidelines. The authors of the course promise to scrupulously go through all types of lettering, plunging, where necessary, into the historical and cultural context, and also consider the best examples of typographic work. Assignments at the end of each lesson will help reinforce what you have learned. The course is designed for everyone, but to complete the assignments, you must have any typesetting program - and basic knowledge about it.
Khan Academy is now available
Free, 2 lessons, 10 assignments
A very interesting series of courses, prepared by Khan Academy in partnership with Pixar, tells about the essence of the work of animators, the knowledge necessary for this and a little about the everyday life of the studio staff. In the Patterns course, two shadow artists - Beth and Anna - have fun talking about the peculiarities of painting and creating textures for cartoon characters, which, in fact, make today's cartoons so beautiful and realistic. Before our eyes, they model the skin texture of the dinosaur Arlo and invite you to participate in this process, working on their own pattern for the animation hero. The course also includes interactive tests and assignments, where you can consolidate your knowledge of the principles and parameters for each stage of work on the simulator.
Sit Less, Get Active
The University of Edinburgh, from 28 December
Free, 3 lessons
A short course on how to motivate yourself to be physically active by integrating it simply and naturally into your life. It is suitable for anyone who leads a sedentary lifestyle and cannot find time to exercise and fitness. No matter how you feel about sports, this course will help you choose the type of activity that suits your temperament and pace of life. In general, in order to remain active for many more years, listen to it (by the way, there are subtitles in Russian) and rather run to train.It is relevant not only after the New Year holidays.
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